Janet Abelson, who used to be the mayor of the city of EL Cerrito, died on January 26, 2023. She was 76 years old. In a statement posted on their social media page, the City of El Cerrito, CA, broke the sad news to the public:
“It is with great sadness that the City of El Cerrito tells us that Janet Abelson, who served on the City Council for many years, has died. On January 26, 2023, Janet died in peace. She turned 76.”
The El Cerrito City Council and everyone who works for the city send their condolences to Janet Abelson’s family, friends, and coworkers. Already, she is really missed.”
“Janet leaves a great legacy in El Cerrito,” said Mayor Lisa Motoyama. “She is an important part of our city, and her family is our family.” We were all looking forward to seeing what she would do after she left the Council, and it’s hard for all of us not to know.
The Reason Janet Died
The statement says that Janet died in peace. Plans are still being made for the funeral. We’ll let you know once we know more about it.
Who is Janet Abelson?
Janet was one of the Bay Area’s most well-known politicians. She was chosen to be mayor of El Cerrito City in 1999. She worked for the government for 23 years, serving five terms from 2002 to 2017. Janet spent her whole life trying to improve her neighbourhood and fighting for poor people.
In addition to being mayor, she was an active member of groups like the West Contra Costa Transportation Authority Committee and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (Chair). She was president of the Soroptimist International of El Cerrito, Bayside Council of Parents, PTA of Harding and El Cerrito High School (Member), Teacher Associations (Vice President), El Cerrito High School Archiving Committee, and California walks (treasurer).
Online, people wrote condolences and tributes to Janet
Janet Abelson died. This picture comes from the San Francisco Chronicle.
After hearing about her death, the Internet is full of messages telling her to rest in peace. People are paying tribute to Janet on their social media accounts in different ways. People on the Internet have sent their condolences to her family during this hard time. God should give them the strength to get through their troubles. May the soul of the god always rest in peace.
In his statement, John Garamendi, who is a member of Congress, said:
“I’m sad to hear that Janet Abelson, who used to be mayor of El Cerrito, California, has died.
Janet was a leader in local transportation, equal rights, and the rights of people with disabilities. She was also a good friend who many people will miss. Kindness, leadership, and a strong desire to help others will always be remembered about her.
In a tweet, Barry said:
“Janet Abelson worked with BART for a long time. She cared a lot about how people got around, and we cared a lot about her. Over the years, our Board of Directors and staff worked closely with her, and she fought hard for a safe and accessible BART system.
John Gioia wrote the following:
We lost a great leader for fair transportation, the rights of people with disabilities, and helping older people. Former City of El Cerrito mayor
Janet Abelson, who was mayor and a council member, has died. I will always remember how hard she worked to help people whose voices were not always heard. @CerritoChamber
Rebecca Saltzman commented:
We are saddened by Janet’s death today. She was on the El Cerrito Council for 23 years until last month, when she decided to step down. She did a lot for the city and for transportation, like making BART easier to get to. We often saw each other on BART, as this picture from 2017 shows.
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